We understand that every small business is different and whether you're following in family footsteps or following your dream, you want it to be a success. We also understand that the relationships you have with people working in your business can be personal, some maybe family members and others will have become friends. Unfortunately, around one in five employees are likely to be living with a mental health condition, which can affect their wellbeing and productivity. Thankfully, there are a number of simple and cost effective actions you can take to create a mentally healthy work place. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

One: Increase awareness of mental health conditions by making information available in the workplace.

Two: Increase awareness of people's mental health responsibilities by providing information on how they can look after their own mental health. 

Three: Reduce stigma in the workplace by speaking openly about mental health and encouraging others to do the same.

Four: Build skills and confidence, so you can approach someone who maybe experiencing difficulties.

Five: Encourage staff to seek treatment and early support from nearby services and information lines.

Six: Assist staff with mental health conditions to stay at or return to work by making changes to their role or environment. 

Seven: Monitor and manage workloads by encouraging your people to speak up early and seek guidance. 

Eight: Increase the input from your people on how they do their work by listening to their ideas.

Nine: Prevent bullying and discrimination by promoting an environment of dignity and respect.

And ten: Provide regular feedback by recognising when tasks are done well and highlighting the areas of improvement.

To find out more on how you can make your workplace more mentally healthy, visit headsup.org.au because a mentally healthy workplace is just good business.